Indian Blue Peacock
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On my way into the aviary at the St. Louis Zoo, I passed by a peacock. At that time, the peacock was just wandering about without its plumage on display. My parents and I waited for a few minutes hoping that the peacock would demonstrate its great beauty, but to no avail. After spending about half an hour in the aviary, my mom started yelling to me with a great sense of urgency. She pointed to the peacock right outside the doors of the aviary. This time, it was strutting around with its magnificent, vibrant plumage on full display! While three or four peahens sat still along the side, mesmerized by the peacock, I moved toward the peacock to take advantage of the opportunity. The tame peacock was not alarmed by my presence. I slowly made my way toward it, and I eventually got to the point that I was standing right next to it. Over the course of several minutes, I snapped more than 10 close-up photos. This is one of my better photos from the experience. = )
More information about the Indian Blue Peacock:
Wikipedia Article on Indian Peafowl
National Geographic Kids Creature Feature on Indian Peafowl
Peacock Profile from Seaworld
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Zoom
Exposure time: 1/60 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-800
Focal length: 95mm
35mm eq. focal length: 142 mm
Photoediting: Crop and selective lighting/color adjustments in Photoshop Elements 5
Handling: handheld with VR on
Other comments: I had recently exited the aviary where I had been shooting on no flash, automatic priority. I didn’t want to blow my opportunity to photograph the peacock while its plumage was still on full display, so I didn’t bother to mess around with the controls. That’s why the ISO speed is relatively high.